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Bill Clinton and Gun Control: Legal Sale of Assault Weapons is 'Nuts'

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Bill Clinton and Gun Control: Legal Sale of Assault Weapons is 'Nuts'

2013-01-10 10:37:02

-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Bill Clinton (Image Source: Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Former President Bill Clinton joined the conversation on gun control yesterday, calling the legality of high-ammunition and assault weapons “nuts.”

“Why does anybody need a … 30-round clip for a gun?” said the 42nd President.

Two years into his presidency, Clinton signed the 1994 assault weapons ban that has since expired. The Arkansas Democrat, no stranger to firearm use, continued to express his confusion as to the need for such weaponry.

“I grew up in this hunting culture, but this is nuts,” he said in an Associated Press recording.

“Why does anybody need one of those things that carries 100 bullets? The guy in Colorado had one of those,” he said in reference to the Aurora movie theater massacre. “Half of all mass killings in the U.S. occurred since the assault weapons ban expired in 2005.”

“So, I hope that former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and other people who have stepped up after the Newtown tragedy will have some impact on this,” said Clinton, who had been speaking just two days after the two-year anniversary of the Tucson shooting that severely injured the congresswoman.

Finally, Clinton responded to the NRA's claims that the problem could be solved with armed guards in every school.

“Does there need to be some armed guards in some schools where there’s a high crime rate and kids themselves may take weapons to school? Absolutely,” he said. “But it is not an excuse not to deal with this issue.”

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